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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA)
New Orleans has experienced 76 recorded flood events since 1950. Approximately 95,000 structures in New Orleans are located in the floodplain and over $7 billion in flood insurance damage claims have been filed in the city since the advent of the National Flood Insurance Program. New Orleans is physically vulnerable to flooding due to its geographic location and topography, but the impacts of flooding in the city are often magnified by the social vulnerability of area residents. More than 27% of New Orleans citizens live below the poverty line and lack the resources to quickly and effectively recover from natural disasters. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) currently owns over 2,300 vacant properties throughout the city. In addition to engaging in traditional redevelopment activities, the agency is committed to utilizing vacant properties to manage stormwater and mitigate flooding. Consequently, NORA has constructed five raingardens and made approximately 1,000 vacant lots available for greenspace projects since 2009. The agency is also currently designing a large-scale stormwater management project that is intended to bring proven stormwater management concepts to scale.